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Cost Savings From Merger of Two Colleges

A new further education facility opened last week to improve educational and training opportunities in Scotland. Glasgow Metropolitan College was created by combining the Glasgow College of Building and Printing and the Glasgow College of Food Technology, a move that seeks to provide long-term financial savings. “More often it will mean joint activity between institutions which ensures that resources can be channeled to the front line,” said Lifelong Learning Minister Jim Wallace.

Wallace said the merger marked the start of a new chapter of reform and modernisation in further education. “I want college students to have access to the very best educational provision, with buildings and resources which meet their needs,” he said.

Approved by Ministers in June 2004, the decision to merge the colleges followed an extensive consultation exercise and advice from the Scottish Further Education Funding Council. Students and staff will transfer to the college this year, with full academic integration expected to be complete by August.

The Glasgow College of Building and Printing was established in 1972 and provides for the construction, design and communications industries. The Glasgow College of Food Technology was established in 1973 as a specialist college focusing on food, hospitality and tourism.

Katherine Hayes

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